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Companion eatery Delish goes creative

Rachel Broglie of The Sassy Apron has opened a new restaurant, Delish, in the Cottonwood Corners Shopping Center. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)
Rachel Broglie of The Sassy Apron has opened a new restaurant, Delish, in the Cottonwood Corners Shopping Center. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)
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Rachel Broglie for years has been making meals and then shipping them out the door to households around bizO-Dyer_Jessica_BizOAlbuquerque.

Her newest culinary creations, however, won’t have to commute.

Broglie – who started The Sassy Apron pre-prepared dinner business three years ago – recently added a full-service restaurant in the space next door.

Delish restaurant opened this month at 3705 Ellison NW.

Delish restaurant opened this month at 3705 Ellison NW.

Delish restaurant, located at Cottonwood Corners Shopping Center, shares a kitchen with The Sassy Apron and will serve some of the same dishes. The popular pistachio chicken ($13.99) and Mediterranean lasagna ($12.99), for example, both earned a spot on the Delish dinner menu.

But Broglie says the restaurant setup allows her more creative leeway. At Delish, she’s not restricted to freezable meals.

She says the Delish menu represents her effort to take “traditional American food and (make) it a little more modern.”

Sandwiches – including a grilled cheese, an apple Brie and the Crab Louie – dominate the lunch menu, though there also are burgers and salads. Most items run $9.99-$11.99.

The dinner menu is relatively short and category defying.

The eight entrée options include a $17.99 salmon (marinated in a ginger-soy sauce and served with wasabi mashed potatoes and asparagus cole slaw) and a $11.99 “spaghetti pie” – that’s pasta, house-made marinara, Italian sausage and cheese wrapped and baked inside a puff pastry.

Delish represents the latest turn on a food journey that Broglie didn’t quite anticipate when she and husband Ian launched The Sassy Apron.

“I don’t know if I knew what my ultimate goal was,” says Broglie, who previously had worked a corporate human-resources job.

The Sassy Apron soon grew to include catering. Eventually, talk of a restaurant began. The couple spent the last year considering the move, eventually deciding to give it a go in the former nail spa next door to The Sassy Apron.

The 3,200-square-foot restaurant seats about 60, including up to 18 at a single, long table running through the middle of the dining room.

Delish will become home base for The Sassy Apron’s special cooking classes and also for a new series of Thursday themed dinners. Broglie’s theme plans include a sushi-and-sake dinner during which participants would roll – and then eat – their own sushi, as well as sessions devoted to particular decades.

“Part of our goal (with Delish) was to make dinner out more of an experience than just going out to eat,” she says.

Delish is located at 3705 Ellison NW, near Alameda. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for lunch and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (lunch and dinner) Friday and Saturday.

The phone number is 899-0197.

Now serving tennis gear

It’s game on for the Stansifer family.

Lindsay Stansifer, pictured, and her dad Gary partnered with longtime sporting goods retailer Art Gardenswartz to open Tennis Ace, a new specialty store at 3300 San Mateo NE. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Lindsay Stansifer, pictured, and her dad Gary partnered with longtime sporting goods retailer Art Gardenswartz to open Tennis Ace, a new specialty store at 3300 San Mateo NE. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

The father-daughter team of Gary and Lindsay Stansifer has launched Tennis Ace, a specialty shop devoted to the sport they both love.

Located in the San Mateo Square shopping center between Candelaria and Comanche, Tennis Ace serves up a long list of on-the-court essentials, from tennis rackets and tennis bags to tennis shoes and tennis skorts.

“It’s something my dad (the former head tennis pro at Highpoint Sport & Wellness) had always wanted to do, so when we started talking about it, it was, like, ‘I’m not doing anything better now,’” says Lindsay Stansifer, who recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Portuguese. “It sounds like fun, and it sounded awesome to him. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

The duo partnered with longtime New Mexico sporting-goods retailer Art Gardenswartz to open the store, hoping to fill what Lindsay says is a void in the local retail landscape. The shop caters to anyone who plays tennis, she says, whether that means a beginner seeking some equipment advice or a more seasoned athlete in need of new gear or racket restringing services.

“My dad and I have been around tennis for so long, and we have a couple other people working here who know a lot about tennis as well,” says Lindsay, who, at age 25, estimates she’s already been playing tennis for 22 years.

Tennis Ace carries four tennis racket brands – Babolat, Head, Prince and Wilson – and makes a demonstration racket available in each model for customers to borrow and test before buying.

The higher-end performance rackets run $99-200, while recreational selections start around $35. The shop will string rackets purchased in-store for free.

“Hopefully, we can help people figure out what works for them,” Lindsay says.

Tennis Ace is located at 3300 San Mateo NE. The phone number is 881-0947.

It’s open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

New app speeds things up at BJ’s

If you’ve ever waited what seems like an eternity for a table at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, here’s some good news.

The California-based chain this month launched its own mobile application designed to lessen many of the delays associated with restaurant dining.

Customers can use the app’s “preferred waitlist” feature to see current wait times at their local BJ’s and move up in line from anywhere, according to a company news release.

Other features allow patrons to order ahead so that meal preparation starts as soon as they sit down and then to pay without having to wait for a check.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. owns 151 restaurants in 18 states. The lone New Mexico location is at Winrock Town Center.

If you have retail news to share, contact me at jdyer@abqjournal.com or 823-3864. For more regular updates on Albuquerque shopping and restaurant news, visit my blog at abqjournal.com or follow @abqdyer on Twitter.

 

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